Darren Thomson

CTO & Vice President, EMEA Region , Symantec

Darren Thomson is CTO & Vice President for the EMEA Region at Symantec, responsible for delivering technical strategy for customers and partners across the region. Darren heads the CTO office, driving the liaison between the global Research Labs, Symantec Ventures and the field organisation in EMEA. Since joining Symantec in July 2003, Darren has led various groups including global services practices covering Business Continuity Management, Storage & Data Management and Cloud Computing. He also led Symantec’s marketing strategy across the EMEA region. Prior to joining Symantec, Darren was Group Technical Strategist of The Morse Group, a pan-European systems integrator focused on the design and implementation of critical I.T. systems in the Financial Services, Telco and Media sectors. Darren’s background includes software engineering, hardware design and consulting. He is qualified in ITIL, CoBIT, Management of Risk (MoR), CISSP and Social Psychology. He is a regular contributor to various publications, podcasts, television and radio programmes across the region, and a published writer. His latest works include a book on “Delivery Utility Computing: Business Driven IT Optimization” (ISBN 0-470-01576-4). Darren also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of TeenTech to promote STEM fields in schools and attracting more women to the security industry.